John Maguire on film: Why Jalmari Helander’s ‘cartoonishly creative mayhem’ is worth your time

Tales of grit and defiance dominate this week’s recommending viewing

Jorma Tommila in Sisu: Nazis are picked off one by one in a ratcheting series of elaborate executions

Sisu, the gleefully violent new film from writer and director Jalmari Helander, is titled after a word in the Finnish language that the opening scrawl informs us “cannot be translated” beyond “a white-knuckled form of courage and unimaginable determination” that “manifests itself when all hope is lost”. Although no doubt coined to define the reserves of strength required to endure a winter beyond the Arctic circle, Sisu handily also describes the unkillable grit that has ...